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The Beijing Platform for Action Meets the World Summit on the Information Society

4. CONNECTING WSIS ICT POLICY WITH VIOLENCE IN THE BPFA

BPFA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

1 Stop violence against women.

2 Study the reasons for, and results of, violence against women and the effectiveness of preventive measures.

3 Stop trafficking in women and help women who are victims of violence because of prostitution and trafficking.

ICT POTENTIAL:

Online resources, websites, chat-rooms are being used by women's organizations and networks worldwide to share experiences, to mobilize support for specific actions and develop global action strategies.

Cell phones are being used by women to report on violent attacks when they occur (an example is Call to Protect Program, from the Wireless Foundation).

Organizations engaged in protecting, investigating and preventing violence against women are using ICTs to communicate and share information among themselves to strengthen their response capacity.

Online Working Groups are being used by women to share strategies for ending violence against women, model legislation, training programs and other information.

WHAT GENDER ADVOCATES ARE FIGHTING FOR IN THE WSIS POLICY DOCUMENTS

Promote the use of ICTs as an effective tool in distributing information about, and advocating against gender-based violence.

Promote the protection of women's human rights against on-line sexual exploitation and gender-based violence without compromising women's rights to information and communication.

Support women's on-line communities and networks, especially those that aim to address gender issues such as violence against women, and that prommote linguistic diversity so that rural women and women who do not speak any international language can access the information they need to combat violence.

Recognize and promote the relevance and complimentary role of non-computer-based communication mediums such as radio, video, telephone and fax, in the fight against gender-based violence

 

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